NORMAN – Saturday delivered September and all that goes with it.
In Norman, for Sooner fans, it brought the promise of a fresh football season.
And a payoff: Oklahoma's opening 79-10 rout of North Texas, complete with dynamic debuts by a pair of redshirt freshmen, quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray.
On a glorious sun-streaked day at Memorial Stadium, the return of Saturday football pageantry and the unveiling of another statue honoring a Heisman Trophy hero – not the outcome – provided much of the drama.
For now, that seemed just fine for the crimson-clad crowd.
"I love OU football, so as soon as September comes, it's great,” said April Cunningham, a Norman resident fortunate enough to score a ticket Saturday. "I love it.”
There was much to love Saturday, including the climate, with the temperature 87 at kickoff. The attendance of 84,472, a 50th consecutive sellout, made for the largest crowd to see an opener at Memorial Stadium.
There were on-the-field issues, none bigger than the unknown of what Bradford would bring, especially with Miami due in Norman next.
"We have a freshman quarterback, so that's a little unnerving,” Cunningham said.
Another OU fan, Blanchard's Eric Powell, relied on inside information for a better feel for Bradford.
"I've got a good friend, lineman Brian Simmons, and I've kind of adopted him,” Powell said.